Monday, January 11, 2016

Week 17 (1/11/2016)

Hello everyone.

It's about time I wrote a good weekly email so here goes!

First, a little bit about our area. There are 4 wards and 1 branch here in Piedras Negras with 16 missionaries. Piedras Negras is right on the border of Texas across from Eagle Pass. Our area is one of the smallest out of the 8 yet it's still pretty big. It would take us 45 minutes to go from one end to the other since we can only walk. There used to be bikes but there were some accidents so President decided there wouldn't be any more bikes. 
Our ward is very nice and the members like to help with missionary work. One sister, named Nelly, that is leaving on her mission to Brazil this month likes to help us out a lot.Tonight we are having a noche de hogar (family home evening) with several families and a few investigators.
The stake center is about 3 blocks away from our house so it's pretty easy for zone meetings and Sundays. Our area is half of our ward and the other half has two other missionaries. We do a lot together since they are fairly close to us.

Our house is very cold at night. Everything here in Mexico is made out of concrete so we need to have our heater on all night. Then during the day it starts to get hot. I wear my fleece in the mornings and the night and often by the middle of the day I wish I was wearing short sleeves. Even though it is cold at night our house is pretty good. The toilet doesn't quite work all the time and our couches are a little torn up but I've realized it's good most missionaries are young men because young men usually don't complain about dirty conditions (i.e. Henry's room).

A summary of our investigators:
Oscar: 43 years old and taking care of his sister who has cancer. We've been teaching them both but Oscar is worried about coming to church and he has a hard time keeping commitments. He has a lot of trust in us and he really likes when we visit. But we decided that if he doesn't come to church next week we'll have to leave him.

Antonio and Lorena: A couple that's been living together for several years. They have 3 kids ages 5, 3, and 1. They are not married which makes things really hard for us. We keep teaching them and waiting for Antonio to finish up the divorce from his previous marriage so they can get baptized. They have really strong testimonies and they really love the church but we mostly just need to wait.

Gustavo: This guy is really smart but I think he's a little crazy and may have some issues along the way. He studies Hebrew and knows a lot about the Bible and other doctrine. He accepted the Book of Mormon right away which was fantastic. He's been reading and saying that it's answering his questions. We set a baptismal date for February 6.

Ernesto: He is an eternal investigator. His daughters and wife were baptized over a year ago and he's been receiving the lessons for 2 years or so. He says he has doubts about lots of things. He comes to church and reads the book of mormon more than the rest of his family. I think the main doubt is with his financial troubles and tithing...

Here are the birds!
Cattle Egret -Garza Ganadera
Great Egret -Garza Grande
Green Parakeet -Perico Verde Mexicano
It's pretty short this week. I saw a few different birds but I didn't get a good enough look at them to identify them.

I'm going to try and include more details moving forward because I have gotten several emails about how my emails are too short. :P I hope that this is sufficient. Haha!

Well, I love you all and miss you a lot. Thank you for writing and for all your prayers and love.
-Elder Steiner

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